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Container City – Designing a modular lifestyle

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Container City – Designing a modular lifestyle

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The trade & commerce across the works are bustling despite the pandemic push. The innovation of shipping containers is somehow the only way cross-border trade happens especially in the case of waterways. Trade previously had been much organic package sizes, but now the size definitions help not the only manufacturer to anticipate their capacity and cost, but it has boosted logistical speeds tremendously. There are some great things especially when we see in the context of this breakthrough in freight delivery. But at the same time, it brings a lot of this waste because of the decaying of these containers due to loss in serviceability and use. There are especially two key takeaways in this story, emphasizing two sides of the shipping container story.
Let’s look at them objectively.
The design brief is to design a student housing concept made of 15 shipping containers. Devise the spaces and the requirements based on how many people ideally can this shipping container setup can fit. Please note the housing concept has to be made out of shipping containers primarily. If you wish to create extensions, canopies bridges, made of other materials (Like timber, steel, concrete) you may do that, but only limited to 15% of the surface area of these 15 containers only. The size of the container can any of the two 40′ x 8′ x 8’6″ and 20′ x 8′ x 8’6″. You can include plinths, columns, or framework made of other materials.The container setup will be placed on vacant land leased for a certain duration or deck on the water like the Urban Rigger – by BIG or on a structural grid to keep land below accessible for other use – to mitigate the rising land cost. Space efficiency matters the most, hence effective utilization of inside and outside spaces is a must. Please note no more than 4 containers can be stacked on top of each other. They are designed only for laying horizontally. Fig: 5 – Probable Sites – A concept

Quality of Living: How can we deliver a better quality of living in such constrained structural and spatial limitations.Spaces: How well indoors and outdoors are managed with access equitably distributed to this rental student housing.
Container Utility: With limitations, there are some strengths to using containers, how well the design utilizes these strengths.
Repeatability: How well the design (interiors and exteriors) can be replicated across different conditions and places?

The entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criteria:
Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.
Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in the pre-design phase.
Spaces/Program: How the spaces are calculated and ordered.
Design Outcome The final architectural outcome of the solution.The judging panel can also add other criteria based on their internal discussions – which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfill the above-given criteria first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.
Winners of this competition will get annually published with us in our e-yearbook and annual publications.

Short Description

The design brief is to design a student housing concept made of 15 shipping containers. Devise the spaces and the requirements based on how many people ideally can this shipping container setup can fit.



Link to Competition

Link to Registration form


Prize pool of worth 18,000$
First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1000$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 400$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention : 12 x 450$ Each

Type of Competition

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

Who can Participate

Minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.Maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4.

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens October 4, 2020
Registration Closes December 28, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project December 29, 2020
Winners announcement Date February 25, 2021



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Location of Project (if developed)


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